- A filmmaker.
- An enthusiast for or devotee of movies or filmmaking.
“He says he’s a cineaste, so I’m quite excited for this first date.”
“I’m a cineaste from home, but I haven’t been to a movie theater in years.”
“Can I claim to be a cineaste if I don’t like to watch animated movies?”
Why this word?
As the French Lumière brothers invented the Cinématographe motion-picture system in the late 19th century, it follows that a word for a film enthusiast — “cineaste” — merges two French words. This word was coined in the 1920s (when French avant-garde films were captivating audiences) from a combination of “ciné” (“cinema”) and “enthousiaste” (“enthusiast”).
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